In 2020, BIS processed 37,895 export license applications with a total value of $173.7 billion. This marked a 10.8% increase from the 34,207 applications processed in 2019.
BIS approved 32,687 license applications (86.3%), returned 4,754 applications without action (12.5%), and denied 454 applications (1.2%).
BIS’s average license application processing time this year was 23 days. This included time for reviews by the Departments of Defense, Energy, and State.
Of all licenses granted in 2020, Export Control Classification Number (ECCN) 9A610 (military aircraft and related commodities) was the greatest number of approved applications (4,994 licenses valued at a total of $14.7 billion). ECCN 5A992 (information security equipment) was the dual-use ECCN with the highest total value of approved applications ($21.2 billion involving 173 license approvals).